Self-awareness is essential to making good major and career decisions. The following assessments help you to understand yourself better: who you are, what interests you, and what you value. Although you can take these assessments on your own, you may wish to make an appointment with a Career Counselor to discuss your results.
Created by Gallup, StrengthsQuest measures your natural talents. The score report includes your Top Five Talent Themes and extensive resources about using your Strengths at school, in your career, and in your personal life. First-year students take StrengthsQuest free of charge prior to Week of Welcome; all other students may purchase an access code for $9.99.
Focus-2 is a comprehensive career planning tool that you access through MustangJOBS on your Cal Poly Portal. You can take five mini-assessments that measure your work and leisure interests, personality, skills, and values; view careers that match your personal characteristics; and learn more about careers that interest you.
O*Net Interest Profiler
The O*Net Interest Profiler can help you learn about your interests and how they relate to the world of work.
MyPlan Values Sort
This interactive values sort helps you to recognize and prioritize what is most important to you in a career.
Career Decision-Making Assessments
This website features eight assessments that measure different aspects of career decision-making, such as your decision-making style and the reasons you may be struggling to make a decision. If you're having difficulty with major or career decision-making, this resource can help you to understand the problem more clearly.
Authentic Happinness is a University of Pennsylvania project that features 19 questionnaires measuring various aspects of personality and emotional wellness. While not directly related to career, these assessment may increase your self-awareness, an important component of career decision-making.
Career Services administers two standardized career assessments: the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®, which measures personality preferences, and the Strong Interest Inventory®, which measures career interests. Both assessments are available free of charge. A Career Counselor can help you decide if taking a standardized assessment is right for you. If you're interested in taking the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® or Strong Interest Inventory®, make an appointment with your Career Counselor.